The Empty Catch (2015)

Following the tsunami in 2004, fund reliefs were made available that influenced the significant rise in the number of fishing boats and illegal trawlers that now overfish the waters of the Indian Ocean. Illegal fishing destroys marine habitats and the environment and in addition to draining fish stocks, it also poses a threat to the Sri Lankan's livelihood and food security. After long exhausting hour’s hawling in heavy fishing nets from shore, Sri Lankan fishermen are often left unrewarded with depleted or empty catches. More and more fishermen are having to travel out to sea as the numbers of fish populations near the coast rapidly decline due to the severe effects of the illegal fishing trade.

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